Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

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Finally, the natural disaster of a magnitude of 3.5 occurred in North Korea on Saturday near the nuclear test site was not the result of a new nuclear test, announced Saturday evening by the CENC.

North Korea detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear weapon earlier this month at its underground Punggye-ri site northeast of Pyongyang, causing a quake with a magnitude of around 6.3.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said later in NY that Pyongyang may consider its most powerful test of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

The natural disaster comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions that has raised worldwide alarm.

She praised US President Donald Trump for persuading China to become involved in the effort to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions. A South Korean expert said the quake could have been caused by geological stress created from the recent nuclear explosion. North Korea joined the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in the mid-1980s but it "cheated" and was never held accountable, he said.

But China, McCallum said, has no interest in seeing a regime change in North Korea - something that could potentially bring hordes of North Korean refugees to its borders. "The limit on crude oil exports seems to have been excluded from this announcement due to statistical reasons".

Meanwhile, KCNA Watch, on Saturday carried another North Korean official statement on USA initiative for getting anti-Pyongyang UN sanctions approved, saying "The U.S.is a nuclear rogue state that deserves denunciation by the world".

It imposes a 180-day ban on vessels and aircraft that have visited North Korea from visiting the United States. Robust diplomacy has been stalled for years, and there is little indication that senior officials from Pyongyang and Washington might discuss ways to halt the North's determined march towards inclusion among the world's nuclear weapons powers.

If it is confirmed as a nuclear test, it would be the North Korean regime's seventh.

Beijing has condemned the North's missile tests, but hopes to resolve the nuclear crisis through diplomatic means, pleading for a resumption of long-dormant six-nation talks.

United States administration has been exerting pressure on China to tame North Korea through necessary measures.

China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under United Nations sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally.

Russian Federation and China again urged adoption of their freeze-for-freeze proposal that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the USA and South Korea stopping their joint military exercises. Kim had previously described the usa president as a "mentally deranged dotard" in response to Trump's earlier, fiery speech at the UN.

"So far, I don't know that the sanctions have had much of an impact on the average North Korean", Snyder said.

These sanctions, harsher than those approved before by the UN.and individual governments such as the United States, are created to choke North Korea's economy.

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